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News Bulletin : ADA News Bulletin May 2011
11 MAY 2011 NEW ORAL HEALTH PROGRAM FOR EXPECTANT MOTHERS AN AUSTRALIA FIRST Midwives will play a vital role in improving the oral health of pregnant women, following an innovative on-line education program developed by The Centre for Applied Nursing Research and Sydney Dental Hospital. The Centre and the Dental Hospital, part of Sydney Local Health Network, developed the program as part of a new midwifery led oral health initiative that incorporates oral health guidelines into normal midwifery practice. Senior Research Fellow and Program Leader, Dr Ajesh George, said research showed that hormonal changes in pregnant women made them particularly susceptible to poor oral health. "Poor oral health in pregnant women can contribute to lower birth weight and premature births and increased the risk of early dental decay in children," Dr George said. "Unfortunately, many pregnant women are unaware of the implications of poor oral health for themselves, their pregnancy, and their unborn child and seldom seek dental care during pregnancy." "Preliminary research has found that more than half the pregnant women in south western Sydney had dental problems and less than a third had visited a dentist in the past six months. "Further, less than 10 per cent of the women had received any information about oral health care during pregnancy. Experts now recommend that all prenatal care providers play an active role in promoting oral health among pregnant women," he said. The program, which has been endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives, offers 16 Continuing Professional Development points for midwives across Australia. It incorporates an online education program consisting of pre-reading material, video and photographs of the dental assessment process and knowledge testing for midwives. Australian College of Midwives National Spokesperson, Associate Professor Hannah Dahlen, said the program offered an exciting opportunity for midwives. "Midwives are the lead health professionals caring for childbearing women and, thanks to this program, they can play an important role in ensuring women's oral health care is made a priority during pregnancy," Associate Professor Dahlen said. The program has been supported by grants from the NSW Centre for Oral Health Strategy, the Australian Dental Association (NSW) and UWS. The program is currently being trialled in south western Sydney, with plans to roll it out across NSW and other states over the next few years. A prenatal oral health brochure for pregnant women has also been distributed across NSW and can be viewed at: www.health. nsw.gov.au/resources/cohs/keep_smiling_pregnant_pdf.asp Source: Media release, Sydney Local Health Network Media Unit, 24 March 2011. ERIC REYNOLDS RECEIVES IADR AWARD Professor Eric Reynolds AO has received the 2011 International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Award for Basic Research in Periodontal Disease in recognition of his significant contribution to the field of dental research by the IADR at their San Diego Conference. Professor Reynolds leads research into this debilitating disease in his roles as the CEO of the Oral Health CRC and head of the Dental School at the University of Melbourne. Professor Reynolds has made a long-term and outstanding contribution to the understanding of the molecular mechanisms of the virulence and pathogenicity of the bacteria associated with periodontal disease. He has been involved in periodontal disease research for 30 years and has published 173 peer-reviewed scientific publications, seven book chapters and 20 patents. His total publications number more than 300. His research has resulted in awards from IADR including a William J Gies Award and a GlaxoSmithKline Innovation in Oral Care Award. Eric's research has also led to a better understanding of how oral bacteria transport sugars and amino acids, how they maintain a transmembrane pH gradient and electrical potential and how they excrete end products of metabolism. His research has also helped understand how salivary proteins are metabolised by oral bacteria and helped elucidate their role in bacterial colonisation of the oral cavity. Professor Reynolds' current research projects include the development of a chairside diagnostic for periodontal disease and potential treatment of chronic periodontitis through vaccination. Source: Media release, Oral Health CRC, 30 March 2011. latest news Professor Eric Reynolds receiving IADR Award in San Diego.
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